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When the zombie apocalypse is upon us and the undead begin their global domination, we will all be left to fight for our lives or run for the hills. But did you know the scenario of a zombie apocalypse can help to explain just how diseases can spread in society?
In modeling a fictional zombie apocalypse, researchers are able to get a more in depth real world look at disease outbreaks worldwide. The techniques used to study a zombie apocalypse prove to be useful when researching real life diseases. Researchers at Cornell University have explained that a worldwide outbreak of a zombie apocalypse are similar to what a large scale outbreak of a virus like Ebola may look like. In the zombie apocalypse, there are four different stages to the virus.
First stage is the human stage, second is the infected, third is the zombie, and last is a dead zombie stage. These stages interact and combine with each other in a similar way to chemical reactions in the body.
In Depth Look into the Zombie Virus
If there was a zombie apocalypse, we usually assume that all areas are affected at the same time, and months after the initial outbreak occurs, there are pockets of survivors here and there. But realistically this isn’t the way that a disease outbreak will actually go down.
Don’t be too shocked that the zombie apocalypse we know of from our favorite movies and television shows isn’t entirely true. Researchers are able to provide you with a more inside look as to how an actual virus outbreak such as the zombie apocalypse would occur. They predict that dense populated cities will be the first to fall to the virus, and typically they’d likely fall quickly due to overcrowding and the spread of disease.
It would take time however for the zombies to penetrate through to more remote rural regions like that of the Rocky Mountains. The best place you would want to be during an outbreak is a place as far away as possible from people. This way you will be more unlikely to be near any places with an outbreak. Of course this model includes the assumption that people wouldn’t be on the move, so if in fact more people flocked to the mountains, well it wouldn’t be a safe option anymore.
Take for example this image from Cornell University. This image shows a heat map, which depicts a 28 day stretch of the zombie outbreak. The lighter areas are those in which will be hit the hardest and fastest when a zombie outbreak does occur. Again this is all speculation from the research team at Cornell. More remote locations will have a huge advantage with less people, on the other hand supplies and resources will be limited.How Disease Spreads
How Disease Spreads
So do you remember that time a dog on your street came down with rabies, then later in the day, every other dog on the block ended up having rabies too? No? That’s because biting is a terrible way of spreading disease. So when looking at a zombie virus, to a traditional virus, biting may not spread the disease as fast as our movies have taught us.
Successful diseases have a clever way of spreading to their victims. The flu has killed over 10 million people because it hits through the air, the plague was spread by fleas, and sexually transmitted diseases work through sharing intimate contact with the infected. I don’t think anyone really will be in the mood to have sex with a zombie, so it looks like we’re safe there.
Traditional diseases have been able to mutate in order to infect more unsuspecting victims in a quick period of time. If biting is the method of infection with a zombie virus, we may just have time to run off to the middle of nowhere before the infection gets to us. And just like traditional diseases and viruses, the zombie virus shows a transition. If the overall total of the disease is below a certain level or point, well it’s more than likely that humans will come out on top, otherwise, look out.
If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that larger cities always fall first, even with a large amount of supplies. Perhaps the best route would be to plan ahead by gathering supplies and stocking up, while locating to a more remote location. And they always said living out in the middle of nowhere had its disadvantages. Seems to me that this is quite the opposite when we are dealing with an army of undead moving on us, wanting to devour our brains for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
When we think of zombies, we think of the undead, bloodthirsty ones depicted in movies and television. They moan, groan, shuffle, and remained focused on one thing, brains. The truth is, there are already real-life zombies walking amongst us. Things are getting a bit weird out in our world today. If one things for certain, these real-life zombie stories will at least keep you on your toes, and teach you what to look out for, since our zombies are not necessarily the ones out of your favorite movie or show.
A little girl wakes up at her own funeral
Just this past June, there was a 3-year-old girl that awoke at her very own funeral, talk about a heart attack for her parents. The little girl had been suffering hard from a fever and was taken for emergency care at a local hospital where the doctor had declared her dead from the lack of a pulse.
A neighbor of the family was attending the little girl’s funeral when she lifted up the lid to the coffin and saw the little girl move her head. This is when the little girl jumped up, springing to life, eating all the attendants. Well that part is a joke, but she did move her head. The parents immediately removed the little girl from the coffin, gave her some water, and took her to the hospital where they preceded to yell at the doctor who almost caused them to bury their little girl alive.
Chinese man attacks a woman and chows down on her face
When I think of China, it’s not a place I would necessarily want to be when a zombie outbreak occurs, due in part to their large population. But they’ve also already have recorded a few of their very own real-life zombie occurrences. In 2012, a drunken bus driver, was angry because a motorist was blocking their path. Instead of waiting, he got out of the bus, jumped on the woman’s hood, and began chowing down on her face. The woman thankfully survived but did require some plastic surgery to fix her wounds from the attack. Many in China believed the bus driver was being possessed at the time by Jiang Shi, a zombie creature of legend who was believed to kill and absorb the qui of all the living people.
There’s a new nasty bug making its way across the planet the new SARS-linked coronavirus and it may be spread person to person. This is the way they believe SARS first began, as well as a number of other, very fatal, viruses. It starts with a simple virus, it begins spreading from one being to the next. Eventually, it will hit someone that has an unusual mutation and the virus itself mutates. It passes on to the next person in this mutated form and becomes, over time, more deadly and infectious than before.
This new virus was first identified in the Middle East and all 10 previous infections were people who had lived in, or traveled to this region. But now, the latest UK patient had not traveled to this region, but instead, came in contact with someone who had. This new coronavirus is related to the common cold, which we all know is very transmittable. Of the 11 reported coronavirus cases, 5 of the people have died. A 45% death rate should make people stand up and take notice. If this virus gets out ‘into the wild’ we could have another major pandemic.
Although NASA says there is ‘no chance’ of Asteroid 2012 DA14 hitting Earth tomorrow, this asteroid will pass closer to Earth than our geosynchronous satellite ring. This means this asteroid will be closer to Earth than our very own communications satellites. If you live in the Eastern part of Europe, Asia, or Australia you will be able to see the asteroid with a pair of binoculars. It will be at its closest point to Earth around 12:26 PT. Let’s hope NASA is right and the Earth’s gravity doesn’t suck it in, or that it doesn’t smack a communications satellite – or worse yet the moon, on its way out of our system.
Photo by: NASA/JPL-Caltech
‘Dead bodies are rising from their graves! Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous’
This was the warning TV viewers in Montana saw during a CW program on KRTV. Pranksters apparently hacked the channel and broadcasted the message. Was it as some, like Gawker, reported an attempt at a viral Walking Dead campaign?
Watch the video and see what you think…